Kids' activities in KL
Whether it’s a workout, a cooking class or acupuncture, experience it with your kids. By Hannah Merican and Hannah Lee
Kids E-World (pictured above)
FF-02, Fourth Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, KL; Lot S3E, 2nd Floor, IPC Shopping Centre, Mutiara Damansara (012 389 7677/www.kidseworld.com.my).
What: A colourful indoor playground that will get little hearts racing with excitement. The centre has a state–of–the art playground with larger than life toys, a palm tree carousel, ball pit, bouncy slide and waterfall tunnel. Kids wishing to have a birthday party here can choose from several packages, which include food and entertainers such as clowns, magicians and puppeteers.
Who: The centre caters to kids of all sizes and ages. All visitors must wear socks as a safety measure and all kids must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when at the centre. Parents who want to spend the afternoon shopping can drop their kids off as Kids E-World has a special Drop & Shop service. Parents with more than one child are advised to join the KEW Club, which gives them unlimited access to Kid’s E-World and a ten percent discount on courses, workshops, café and merchandise.
The Cooking House
31/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, KL (03 2300 1070/www.thecookinghouse.com).
What: At the Cooking House they run special workshops for both parents and children to learn cooking skills and new recipes in a relaxed environment. Classes are held in a bright and spacious studio, equipped with home cooking appliances and fresh ingredients. After your hard work, you will be able to sit back and sample your food.
Who: This is the perfect place for families who want to learn cookery together. Kids with a sweet tooth will be pleased to know there is a baking class where the child will learn how to bake and decorate a petite cake. There is also a popular Creative Sushi workshop. The Cooking House also offers customised private classes and they also organise cooking-themed children’s parties.
Mummy & Child BLT at Fit for 2
Lot 3F-1B, Third Floor, Bangsar Village II, 2 Jalan Telawi 1, KL (03 2287 5001/www.fitfor2.com.my).
What: Mummy & Child BLT is an exercise class where the focus is on the interaction between mother and child. Exercises include carrying your child and lifting them up and down as well as lots of aerobic movements.
Who: This fast-paced class aims to help mothers with their ‘trouble zones’: BLT stands for Bums, Legs and Tummy. Conducted by the founder of Fit for 2 Debbra Lee herself, classes like this allow you to bond with your child while also working out. Young children ranging from six months to aged three can attend. It is recommended that you dress in gym gear and proper gym shoes.
76, 1st Floor, Jalan SS2/72, PJ (03 7956 8768/larasplace.my).
What: ‘Lara’s’ stands for Learning and Recreation Activities. They run a range of classes and workshops where kids can make new friends and mums can meet other mums.
Who: Aimed at families with youung children, there should be a class to suit all tastes here. For pre-schoolers, there is a play club on weekdays and Saturdays which is designed for parents and children to participate together. For children who enjoy art, the centre has the Beyond Limit Art and Creative Arts Programme. Other activities include English and Mandarin classes, Creative Writing and Junior Journalists. For little actors and orators, there is a Speech and Drama Programme. Lara’s Place puts on a performance every quarters. Children who participate in the programme will have the chance to take the Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama certificate exams. There’s also plenty of sports on offer. Families who want to get active should check out their exercise and recreation programmes, which include qi gong and tai chi. Call in advance to book classes.
Meridians-Japanese Healing Arts
3-3A Jalan Solaris, Solaris Mont Kiara, KL (03 6211 8817/www.meridians.com.my).
What: Acupuncture, an alternative form of therapy, which helps relieve muscle tension. 'Alternative medicine is any healing practice that is not practised by conventional doctors,' explains Oran Kivity, a practitioner with more than twenty decades of experience. According to Oran, acupucture is not all about the needles. 'There is also a focus on good nutrition and the prevention of disease, trying to improve health rather than fight symptoms. I often surprise people by telling them that acupuncture doesn’t cure anything.'
Who: Acupuncture is for everyone but can be geared towards children and pre and post-natal women. Shonishin acupuncture is 'a non-invasive form of acupuncture treatment for kids. It’s basically a massage along the meridians of acupuncture with a silver or copper spoon.' Shonishin is suitable for kids up to the age of about ten and even babies just a few days old. After that it is safe for them to have other pain-free Japanese methods used for adults.
Oran also teaches parents how to do some treatment on a daily basis. 'From pregnancy, menstruation, conception, pregnancy to labour and post-labour, it can be hugely helped by acupuncture, both as a stand-alone therapy and as a complement to conventional fertility treatments.' Oran cites the major benefits of acupuncture as helping the immune system, poor appetite and slow development. It’s also said to be 'great for calming kids down, night terrors and poor sleep, hyperactivity and rages. It treats a number of specific problems like phlegm, cough and asthma, frequent infections, constipation and diarrhoea.'